VERA FILES FACT CHECK: For the nth time, Badoy makes BASELESS claims on Robredo, partylists’ ‘ties’ with CPP-NPA-NDF

No Basis

Communications Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy, concurrent spokesperson of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), claimed once again without basis that Vice President Leni Robredo “colluded” with the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army – National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) and select party-list groups in the May elections.


In a Facebook post, Badoy expressed dismay that Kabataan party list “managed an increase to half a million votes” while other groups she had red-tagged in her so-called “CPP-NPA-NDF partylist groups,” had “drastic reduction” in the votes they got in the May 9 elections compared to previous polls.

She then said:

“We attribute these votes to the treachery of Leni Robredo who colluded with the CPP NPA NDF…”


Source: NTF-ELCAC Official Facebook Page, READ | Statement on CPP-NPA-NDF Partylists Groups (archive), May 22, 2022

She went further to blame Robredo, who did not endorse Kabataan party list, saying:

“For the record, if Leni Robredo had not conspired with this terrorist organization, there would have been one less seat in Congress for this terrorist organization…”



Lawyer Barry Gutierrez, Robredo’s spokesman, belied Badoy’s accusations, saying these are “patently and completely false,” and have been “denied time and again.”

Gutierrez emphasized that no proof has ever been presented to substantiate the “wild allegations.”

In a text message to VERA Files Fact Check, incoming Kabataan party list Rep. Raoul Manuel said Badoy’s statement is part of NTF-ELCAC’s “disinformation efforts” to defeat its representation of the youth in Congress.


Badoy, who is an undersecretary in the Presidential Communications Operations Office, said in the same post that the task force has filed disqualification cases against Kabataan, Gabriela Women’s Party list, and Alliance of Concerned Teachers, and is set to file more.

In a May 25 statement, Gabriela Women’s Party list Rep. Arlene Brosas called for the dismissal of the disqualification case filed by NTF-ELCAC, saying that it “is hinged on red-tagging and spurious claims.”

Badoy is facing more than eight complaints before the Office of the Ombudsman, including those for alleged violations of Republic Act 6713, or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for public officials and employees.

The complaints alleged that she had violated the law for red-tagging human rights groups, health care workers, activists, think tank Ibon Foundation, and personalities like Maria Ressa, chief executive officer of online news Rappler; Rep. Sarah Elago, outgoing Kabataan party list representative; and Ana Patricia Non, organizer of the Maginhawa community pantry.


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NTF-ELCAC Official Facebook Page, READ | Statement on CPP-NPA-NDF Partylists Groups (archive), May 22, 2022

Personal Communication (Viber) with Raoul Manuel, May 26, 2022

Gabriela Women’s Partylist Official Twitter Account, “This old, fabricated…”, May 25, 2022

Office of the Ombudsman, Republic Act No. 6713, Accessed May 27, 2022

On Badoy’s cases at the Ombudsman


(Guided by the code of principles of the International Fact-Checking Network at Poynter, VERA Files tracks the false claims, flip-flops, misleading statements of public officials and figures, and debunks them with factual evidence. Find out more about this initiative and our methodology.)